Friday, August 14, 2009

Achieving Energy Efficient Buildings

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist Evan Mills, in the always excellent Climate Progress, has an interesting and though-provoking post about the form of energy efficiency called building commissioning here.

"Commissioning is arguably the single-most cost-effective strategy for reducing energy, costs, and greenhouse gas emissions in buildings today. Commissioning maximizes the quality and persistence of savings achieved through other energy-saving technologies and practices. The process ensures that building owners get what they pay for when constructing or retrofitting buildings, provides risk-management and “insurance” for policymakers and program managers enabling their initiatives to actually meet targets, and detects and corrects problems that would eventually surface as far more costly maintenance or safety issues. As such, commissioning is more than “just another pretty energy-saving measure.” It is a risk-management strategy that should be integral to any systematic effort to garner and maintain energy savings or emissions reductions."

Something to consider as we work toward more sustainable and energy-efficient buildings.

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